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Julia Quinn is always reliable. She writes witty regency romance that has now been filmed for television (as Bridgerton). Violet Bridgerton is the (widowed) mama to eight childen named in alphabetical order from Anthony to Gregory. This book is how the youngest female Bridgerton gets her man. Hyacinth Bridgerton is somewhat different. She's smart, outspoken and (to her siblings) somewhat annoying. She's had several seasons but failed to attract a suitable proposal of marriage (though there have been a few unsuitable ones). She's staunch friends with the eccentric and irascible Lady Danbury, so when Lady Danbury's rakish grandson, Gareth St Clair, is in need of a translator to unlock the secrets of his other grandmother's diary, Hyacinth volunteers. Gareth is hiding one family secret, but the diary contains another, and it holds the key to Hyacinth and Gareth's future, or does it?
This whole series has bewitched me from the first book, and I have been dying to read hyacinths story. Mainly because I thought of her as a wild child within the era of the books, I couldn't help but think it would take a special guy and an epic romance to pin her down.
The romance is good, but I love how Quinn weaves each love interest within the previous happenings of the series, enlightening us to different aspects, and peoples view of the same scene two books ago.
I have to admit, my favourite character in this book is actually Lady Danbury, she is clever, funny and a constant throughout the series.
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than most of the other books as it concentrates on the characters rather than sex. There are still bedroom scenes but they're not so graphic as in other books in this series - in one the one about Francesca I felt like a Peeping Tom! Anyway, only Gregory to go now - I wonder what he'll get up to!
I enjoy Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels. Whilst this is not a favourite of mine [that honour falls to 'When he was wicked'], it is a pleasant and easy read. As with all these types of novels, you have to suspend your disbelief to a considerable extent re: the accuracy of the period. Once you accept that, if you can, then the characters are reasonably well-drawn and there is gently comedy in the story.
Hyacinth Bridgerton, youngest of eight, isn't like other girls in the ton. She's forthright, outspoken, intelligent and good friends with Lady Danbury. In fact she's so like the fearsome dowager countess that she's scared off her suitors altogether.
When a heart-to-heart conversation with her mother points this out, Hyacinth is forced to admit that while most men don't stand a chance of keeping up with her, the few who do... terrify her completely. Not that it matters, of course, because there's no one around who she's the slightest bit interested in.
Gareth St. Clair, handsome, charming, intelligent and the grandson of Lady Danbury. If anyone can keep up with Hyacinth, it would be him. But he has such a terrible reputation, not to mention that he always appears to be laughing at her. But he also has a challenge for her that she simply can't resist.
Lady Danbury returns! Ever since her meddlesome matchmaking in 'How to Marry a Marquis', Lady D has been a staple of Julia Quinn's books, playing a vital role in 'Romancing Mr. Bridgerton' and making her presence most definitely felt throughout the majority of the rest. Here she stars in the very first chapter, alongside Penelope and Hyacinth, in a wonderful scene that sets the tone for the book: witty, light-hearted fun, with the occasional dash of sarcastic humour.
Although Hyacinth and Gareth are a wonderful pair - and very well suited to each other - this book is made by a few fabulous Bridgerton moments: Hyacinth's two conversations with her mother; Gareth's interview with Anthony; Gregory's appearence. They all add that extra touch to JQ's usual humourous romance.
And once again it ends with a perfect epilogue (don't miss the Second Epilogue e-book - it's worth downloading!). Ever since her first appearence in 'The Duke and I', Hyacinth has been a witty scene stealer, so it's great to see her end up with the story she deserves.
I had great expectations for this one because of Hyacinth, lady Danbury and the Italian diary and I really thought that this could be my favorite book from the series. I wasn't completely disappointed because Hyacinth is amazing and always so funny, Gareth is lovely and so dear as a character and, of course, Lady Danbury is Lady Danbury. However, I didn't much like the adventurous, or rather brave and daring, tone of the story. I would have expected more romantic and passionate pages than entire chapters dedicated to a very long search. Anyway, I liked the final chapters and the second epilogue too and I consider Gareth and Hyacinth one of the best couples in the series